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Re: [ga] CDT Letter on .org

Rob and all assembly members,

  Thank you Rob for passing this letter along..  I personally cannot
endorse it however as it leaves out too much and is basically
of the "Milk Toast" varity as it is not forceful enough as to the
many .ORG domain name holders, of which I am one.

  I am also quite sure, but do not know yet that our [INEGroup]
members will also find CDT's letter that you have shared with
the GA members here, also inadequate by in large.  However
I passed it to our members earlier today for their review..

Rob Courtney wrote:

> Members of the General Assembly,
> CDT has just sent an open letter to the ICANN Board regarding the
> .org redelegation process. I'm attaching it here for your review;
> comments and responses are very welcome!
> Best,
> Rob Courtney
> * * *
> Vint Cerf
> Chairman
> Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
> 4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330
> Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6601
> August 30, 2002
> Dear Dr. Cerf,
> As one of the Internet's most successful domains, .org's redelegation
> will implicate millions of registrants and affect the core of the
> Internet's non-commercial community. We commend the hard work done by
> many to date, and we view the recently-published staff report as a
> useful document for the Board's consideration. We therefore offer
> this open letter to you and the Board, urging that the broad
> interests of the non-commercial community be kept in mind as the
> staff report is finalized and the redelegation decision is taken.
> *Finding the Right Priorities in .org Bidder Evalution*
> The .org domain has always benefited from its unique position as a
> home for non-commercial activity amid the Internet's many commercial
> enterprises. CDT appreciates the Board's request to the
> Non-Commercial Constituency for a report evaluating the eleven
> registry applicants on certain criteria - largely touching on the
> .org registry's relationship with the non-commercial community  - and
> note that report's excellent evaluation of the applicants on those
> criteria.
> However, the final impact of the .org redelegation on the
> non-commercial Internet community will extend from all aspects of the
> registry's operation, not just its administrative structure or
> advisory practices. As many in the ICANN community know, technical
> capability, financial stability, and competency in customer service
> are critical considerations. For many, perhaps most, non-commercial
> domain name holders, these concerns come first and foremost. As such,
> we wish to underscore the following metrics and priorities for the
> evaluation of .org applicants:
>         * The .org registry must exist on a strong technical
> foundation. Redelegation cannot be considered a success if names do
> not resolve quickly, accurately, and reliably. Any other benefits
> that non-commercial organizations would receive from the new registry
> would have little value if this basic technical mission is not
> fulfilled. Registry applications should offer ample evidence of their
> technical plans' robustness, scalability, adaptability, and, above
> all, workability.
>         * The .org registry operator should have a workable financial
> model. The eleven applications before ICANN encompass a wide variety
> of approaches to funding the registry's operation. Even a cursory
> review of the domain names market will reveal that operating a major
> registry is a non-trivial undertaking; it is unlikely that every one
> of the eleven proposed approaches will succeed. A bankrupt registry
> operator will not be able to fulfill the registry's basic technical
> requirements, and the non-commercial community should make
> identification of workable financial models a high priority. The new
> registry will have a very short start-up time, and must be able to
> demonstrate its ability to be financially and technically stable on
> January 1, 2003. Several bidders have also expressed their intention
> to apply for the $5 million endowment offered by VeriSign to a
> non-profit registry operator. It is not yet clear whether all those
> bidders will qualify for the endowment, nor when or how the money
> will be paid out. Registry applicants' positions would be enhanced by
> publishing their plans in the event that the money is not immediately
> forthcoming.
>         * The .org registry requires rapid, effective customer
> support. Although the .org registry operator will not be involved in
> the retail sale of domain names, high-quality support for .org
> registrars will bring benefits to the .org registrant community as
> well. The ability of .org registrants to have their problems resolved
> and maintenance performed quickly and effectively would be a major
> benefit for the non-commercial Internet community.
>         * The .org registry operator's activities at ICANN should
> reflect its registrants' unique interests. As on of the world's five
> largest registries, .org constitutes a major slice of the
> international domain name community. Its operator will have
> significant influence in the gTLD Constituency (and any successor
> body) and in ICANN as a whole. The direction in which that authority
> is exercised are of great interest to registrants in .org. Registry
> applicants' plans for supporting registrants' interests at ICANN are
> a key aspect of their applications.
>         * When the registry operator addresses questions of registry
> policy, consultation with the registrant community should be a
> priority. Historically, the ICANN Board has assumed authority over
> questions of gTLD policy. Where the registry operator has sole
> discretion over a policy decision affecting registrants, however, it
> should be prepared to make such a decision only after substantial
> consultation with the registrant community. Structures of outreach,
> input, and advice should be outlined ahead of time.
>         * Applicants' creativity in posing new ways to support and
> expand the non-commercial community's use of .org should be
> recognized. The eleven applications have shown an impressive
> diversity of proposals for using .org to bring new benefits to the
> Internet's non-commercial community, providing a valuable indicator
> of the registry's potential. Such creativity should be acknowledged
> both by the Board and the community, and any ideas that cannot be
> implemented in the new .org should certainly be remembered for the
> future.
> Finally, as the Board approaches its decision on the .org
> redelegation, it is of paramount importance that it continues to
> employ open, transparent, and objective decision-making processes.
> Such a key decision should not be tarnished by appearances of
> arbitrariness, and a strong commitment to openness can prevent such
> misconceptions.
> CDT hopes the Board and the entire ICANN community will keep these
> priorities in mind as they continue their review of the staff report
> and the eleven applications. It is our continued belief that only
> applications achieving excellence in all of these areas would
> adequately serve the non-commercial Internet community.
> We look forward to the Board's progress on this important issue.
> Sincerely,
> Alan Davidson
> Associate Director
> Center for Democracy & Technology
> Rob Courtney
> Policy Analyst
> Center for Democracy & Technology
> cc:     ICANN Board of Directors
> --
> Rob Courtney
> Policy Analyst
> Center for Democracy & Technology
> 1634 Eye Street NW, Suite 1100
> Washington, DC 20006
> 202 637 9800
> fax 202 637 0968
> rob@cdt.org
> http://www.cdt.org/
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